UN and Red Cross to Provide USD 274 Million to Implement Humanitarian Projects in Donbas in 2017

UN and Red Cross to Provide USD 274 Million to Implement Humanitarian Projects in Donbas in 2017

The United Nations Organisation (UN) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will provide USD 274 million to implement humanitarian projects in the uncontrolled areas of Donbas and near the conflict line in 2017, Vadym Chernysh, the Minister for Temporarily Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced Persons of Ukraine, says in the interview to the Interfax-Ukraine.

He informed that the Ukraine Humanitarian Response Plan 2017, which will be implemented by the UN, provided for implementing measures for an amount of USD 214 million.

“The budget of the International Committee of the Red Cross will provide for additional USD 60 million, for uncontrolled and, in part, government-controlled territories”, the minister said.

Vadym Chernysh said that only humanitarian aid programmes were implemented in the uncontrolled areas and near the conflict line, which involved the provision of food, psychological aid, medicines, certain articles of prime necessity.

The minister added that along with the above-mentioned two organisations, other international organisations also operated in the ATO area, particularly, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), which was prohibited to operate in the uncontrolled areas of Donbas one year ago, but which continued carrying out its humanitarian activities near the conflict line.

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